Regent’s Office of Career & Talent
Management Serves Alumni at Every Stage
If there’s one thing Aran Nugent wants alumni to know when it comes to their career journey, it’s this: Regent stands ready to help.
Nugent serves as the director of Regent’s Office of Career & Talent Management (CTM), which offers a full range of services to both students and alumni—from the job search and resume/curriculum vitae writing to career assessments, coaching, salary negotiations, and more.
“Each person is on a different rung on the career ladder and, therefore, has different needs when coming into CTM,” explains Nugent. “My job is to ensure our office is equipped not only to help and support them, but also that the employers’ hiring needs and requirements are included in that solution so our students and alums are positioned
The team of career professionals at CTM has more than 20+ years of experience in higher education and career development, and the impact of that is apparent.
“As the old saying goes, ‘the best man or woman got the job,’ but often it’s the best-prepared candidate who got the job.”
“One alum went through our resume workshop before attending our education recruitment event,” Nugent shares. “After the event, she landed an interview and was hired a couple of weeks later.”
Another alum who works as a voice-over artist utilized CTM’s services to help improve his profile and networking. As a result of optimizing LinkedIn and other social media sites, he attracted more client work.
CTM also hosts regular career events via virtual webinars and helps students and alumni navigate video interviews—a recent trend adopted by many employers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“CTM has partnered with Big Interview, a video platform that enables our alumni the ability to practice their video interview skills. It also helps them answer some of the top interview questions being asked by human resource professionals and hiring managers,” says Nugent.
Alumni can then send their recorded interview to a CTM team member who can help them with improvements before meeting with a potential employer.
“As the old saying goes, ‘the best man or woman got the job,’ but often it’s the best-prepared candidate who got the job,” shares Nugent.
But preparation is only part of the equation.
“Proverbs 16:9 states, ‘A man’s heart plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps,’” says Nugent. “We need to include God in our plans, and I believe we truly do that with each student and alum who reaches out to CTM.”
He adds that understanding your strengths, how employers see you, and knowing the tools and skills needed to navigate the career world are all part of how Regent students and alumni become Christian leaders to change the world.